Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi), Istanbul

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Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi) showcases Islamic art including textiles, tiles, and ethnographic dioramas, spanning from the 8th to the 20th centuries. Its striking stone building dates back to 1524; over the course of its history it has served as a house, prison, and clothing factory. Here you'll see one of the greatest collections of carpets in the world. Tour the exhibits to find vivid frescoes and mosaics, carved and inlaid wood pieces, and colorful porcelain objects. Learn how Turks have lived from numerous ethnological dioramas, from the time of nomads to the present day. The museum also has an unmatched overlook of the Blue Mosque and its surroundings. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Turk ve Islam Eserleri Muzesi) by using our Istanbul travel planning tool .
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  • Quiet museum housing a number of Islamic relics (more than those at the Topkapi Palace) and exhibiting antique carpets. The lack of crowd allowed us to enjoy the exhibits at our own pace. Nice experie...  more »
  • This museum is a truly hidden treasure..! It contains hundreds of beautiful items on display, some are about 1300-1400 yrs old! For a person who loves history it’s a must. The location is very close t...  more »
  • This is a visit not to be missed, full of history, there is an exhibition of early versions of the Koran and plenty of objects belonging to different sultan
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  • The collection includes notable examples of Islamic calligraphy, tiles, and rugs as well as ethnographic displays on various cultures in Turkey, particularly nomad groups. These displays recreate rooms or dwellings from different time periods and regions. The building was originally constructed in 1524 and it was formerly the palace of Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha, who was the second grand vizier (minister) to Suleiman the Magnificent.
  • The palace, which is now used as the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Works, and named after the Parthian Damat Ibrahim Pasha, who is the second vizier of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, was previously known as "The Palace of the Square". In addition to many weddings, festivals and celebrations, Ibrahim Pasha Palace, which he wrote about being bigger and more magnificent than Topkapi Palace, was also the stage for mixed periods and rebellions and after the struggle of İbrahim Pasha in 1536, he was known with the same name. This historical palace, where you can see many beautiful examples of Turkish and Islamic art works together, is the first Turkish museum in this area.
  • It's a huge museum with a great collection of historical art peaces. I would defiantly recommend visiting it when in Istanbul.
  • A great little musuem right across the street from the Blue Mosque. Surprisingly uncrowded despite the location. Admission is included in the Musuem Card, so is worth a visit when you're nearby! The first floor is a large carpet exhibit and the second floor is a chronological timeline of Islamic art stretching back to the Prophet Muhammad's time. There's a courtyard with a great view of the Blue Mosque as well.
  • Lovely museum, very few crowds. Shows the chronology of Islamic history from the Umayyads to Ottomans with wonderful relics and artifacts. However, some eras such as the Fatimid dynasty, seem to be forgotten.
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